WG4: Bioproducts generation from the sugars platform by non-conventional yeasts

Lisbeth Olsson

Lisbeth Olsson


Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


Cecilia Geijer

Cecilia Geijer


Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden



Glucose or sucrose are classical carbon substrates for typical industrial yeast processes. The utilization of alternative low-cost carbon sources is however needed for the successful expansion of industrial biotechnology. The fermentable sugars obtained from renewable raw materials such as cellulosic sugars are therefore attractive alternatives for the production of biofuels and (fine) biochemicals.

Non-conventional yeasts are capable of utilizing a wide range of sugars. Hence, a vast range of bioproducts is expected to be produced by these microorganisms, including the production of enzymes, food-additives, bioplastics, bioethanol, or biodiesel. In addition, new bioproducts arisen from the discovery of new metabolic routes on non-conventional yeasts grown on alternative carbon sources might benefit the energy sector as well as pharmacological, nutritional and chemical industry.


WG4 targets at exploring different alternatives to produce bioproducts (e.g. bioethanol, biodiesel, 2-phenylethanol, flavin coenzyme, weak acids, industrially relevant enzymes, bioplastics, etc.) by non-conventional yeasts from the sugar released from low-cost raw materials (e.g. agri-food residues, lignocellulose). Both naturally occurring and recombinant strains will be taken into account to reach this aim. The production of such bioproducts by different non-conventional yeast will be then compared in terms of yields, productivities, profitability and environmental impact.

In particular, WG4 has the following Tasks:

  • Screening of non-conventional yeasts with best properties to perform on the sugar platform molecules.

  • Optimization of process conditions to maximize product yields and titers for different bioproducts.

  • Collection of research assays which will be planned and potentially executed considering industrial requirements, in order to facilitate the subsequent scale-up of the process.


CountryParticipantRoleE-mailInstitution of affiliation
AustriaAnton GliederMC memberanton.glieder@bisy.atGraz University of Technology, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
AustriaDiethard MattanovichMC memberdiethard.mattanovich@boku.ac.atUniversity of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Veinna
AustriaHarald PichlerMC substituteharald.pichler@tugraz.atGraz University of Technology, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Alexander Zwirzitz
University of Applied Sciences of Upper Austria
BelgiumPatrick FickersMC memberpfickers@uliege.beUniversité de Liege - Gembloux Agro-BioTech
BelgiumSofie de MaeseneireMC substitutesofie.demaeseneire@ugent.beGhent University
BelgiumSophie RoelantsParticipant*sophie.roelants@bbeu.orgBio Base Europe Pilot Plant
BelgiumIris CornetMC memberiris.cornet@uantwerpen.beBelgium, University of Antwerp
Bosnia and HerzegovinaBorut BosancicMC memberborut.bosancic@agro.unibl.orgUniversity of Banja Luka, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Biometrics
Bosnia and HerzegovinaAnita JuricMC memberanita.juric@aptf.sum.baUniversity of Mostar
CroatiaAna Vrsalović PresečkiMC memberavrsalov@fkit.hrUniversity of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology
CroatiaMartina SudarMC substitutemsudar@fkit.hrUniversity of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology
CroatiaMarko VincekovićMC substitutemvincekovic@agr.hrUniversity of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Chemistry
CroatiaDajana Kučić GrgićMC substitutedkucic@fkit.hrFaculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology
Czech RepublicHana SychrovaITC- Conference Manager/MC memberhana.sychrova@fgu.cas.czDepartment of Membrane Transport, Institute of Physiology, Czech Academy of Sciences
Czech RepublicVladimir KrenMC memberkren@biomed.cas.czInstitute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences
DenmarkJose Luis MartinezVice-Chair/MC memberjlmr@dtu.dkDTU
DenmarkCésar FonsecaMC membercsf@bio.aau.dkAalborg University
EstoniaPetri-Jaan LahtveeWG3 Vice-Leader/MC memberlahtvee@ut.eeUniversity of Tartu
EstoniaTiina AlamäeMC membertiina@alamae.euInstitute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu
EstoniaNemailla BonturiMC substitutenemailla.bonturi@ut.eeUniversity of Tartu
EstoniaTriinu VisnapuuMC substitutetriinu.visnapuu@ut.eeUniversity of Tartu
FinlandMinna LaineMC memberminna.laine@st1.fiSt1 Oy
GermanyVolker SieberMC membersieber@tum.deTechnical University of Munich
GreeceGeorge AggelisMC membergeorge.aggelis@upatras.grUniversity of Patras
GreeceSeraphim PapanikolauMC memberspapanik@aua.grAgricultural University of Athens
GreeceEvangelos TopakasMC substitutevtopakas@chemeng.ntua.grNational Technical University of Athens
HungaryCsaba FehérScience Com. Manager/MC membercsaba_feher@mail.bme.huBudapest University of Technology and Economics
HungarySoma BedőMC memberbedo12@gmail.comBudapest University of Technology and Economics
HungaryAron NemethParticipantnaron@mail.bme.huBUTE-Dep. Applied Biotechnology and Foodscience
IcelandHjörleifur EinarssonMC memberhei@unak.isUniversity of Akureyri
IrelandGaurav RajauriaMC membergaurav.rajauria@ucd.ieUCD Lyons Research Farm
IrelandJohn MorriseyMC memberj.morrissey@ucc.ieUniversity College Cork
Pooja Jayaprakash
University College Cork, Ireland and University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano
IsraelAharon GedankenMC membergedanken@mail.biu.ac.ilBar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
IsraelYoram Gerchman WG1 Vide-Leader/MC membergerchman.yoram@gmail.comOranim college (and University of Haifa)
IsraelIlana PerelshteinMC substituteilana.perelshtein@biu.ac.ilBar Ilan University
ItalyPaola BranduardiMC memberpaola.branduardi@unimib.itUniversity of Milano Bicocca
ItalyGennaro AgrimiMC membergennaro.agrimi@uniba.itDepartment of Biosciences, Biotechnologies and Biopharmaceutics - University of Bari
ItalyLisa SolieriMC substitute
lisa.solieri@unimore.itDept. of Life Sciences, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
ItalyStefano BertacchiParticipants.bertacchi@campus.unimib.itUniversità of Milano Bicocca
LatviaArmands VigantsMC memberarmands.vigants@lu.lvUniversity of Latvia, Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology
LatviaMara GrubeMC membergrube@lu.lvInstitute of Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Latvia
LatviaJanis LiepinsMC substitutejanis.liepins@lu.lvUniversity of Latvia
LithuaniaDalia CizeikieneMC memberdalia.cizeikiene@gmail.comKaunas University of Technology
LithuaniaLoreta BasinskieneMC substituteloreta.basinskiene@ktu.ltKaunas University of Technology
LuxembourgMagdalena CalusinskaWG6 Leader/MC membermagdalena.calusinska@list.luLuxembourg Institute of Science and technology
North MacedoniaIrina MladenoskaMC memberirinaetf@mt.net.mk Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy
NorwayVolha ShapavalMC membervolha.shapaval@nmbu.noNorwegian University of Life Sciences
PolandAndriy SibirnyMC membersibirny@yahoo.comUniversity of Rzeszow, Poland
PolandAnna Bzducha-WróbelMC substituteanna_bzducha_wrobel@sggw.plWarsaw University of Life Science WULS-SGGW, Institute of Food Sciences, Department of Biotechnology and Food Microbiology
PolandAdam DobrowolskiMC substitutedr adam dobrowolskiWrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Department of Biotechnology and Food Microbiology
PolandJustyna RuchałaMC substitutejruchala@ur.edu.plUniwersytet Rzeszowski
PortugalIsabel Sá-CorreiaMC memberisacorreia@tecnico.ulisboa.ptiBB-Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Lorena Donzella
Universidade do Minho
Susana Marques
STSM-coordinator/MC member
LNEG - Bioenergy Unit
SerbiaZorana RončevićMC memberron@uns.ac.rsFaculty of Technology Novi Sad, University of Novi Sad
SerbiaJelena DodićMC substituteklik@uns.ac.rsUniversity of Novi Sad Faculty of Technology Novi Sad
SerbiaRužicaTomičićMC memberruzica.tomicic@yahoo.comFaculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad
SlovakiaMartin RebrošMC membermartin.rebros@stuba.skSlovak University of Technology
SlovakiaKatarína ŠuchováMC memberkatarina.suchova@savba.skInstitute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia
SlovakiaMilan CerticMC substitutemilan.certik@stuba.skInstitute of Biotechnology, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology
SloveniaCene GostinčarMC substitutecene.gostincar@bf.uni-lj.siUniversity of Ljubljana
SpainElia TomásChairelia.tomas@imdea.orgIMDEA Energy Institute
SpainAntonio David MorenoWG6 Vice-Leader/MC memberdavid.moreno@ciemat.esCentro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medioambientales y Tecnológicas
SpainLourdes Martínez CartasMC substitutelcartas@ujaen.esUniversity of Jaén
SpainMaría Isabel González SisoParticipantmigs@udc.esUniversidade da Coruña
SpainChristian KennesMC substitutec.kennes@udc.esUniversidade da Coruña
SpainJosé RamosParticipantmi1raruj@uco.es
University of Córdoba (UCO)
SwedenCecilia GeijerWG4 Vice-Leader/MC substitutececilia.geijer@chalmers.seChalmers University of Technology
SwedenLisbeth OlssonWG4 Leader/MC memberlisbeth.olsson@chalmers.seChalmers University of Technology
SwedenVolkmar PassothWG2 Leader/MC membervolkmar.passoth@slu.seSwedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Molecular Sciences
SwedenKim OlofssonParticipantkim.olofsson@aak.comAAK AB
SwedenCharilaos XirosParticipantcharilaos.xiros@processum.seRISE Processum AB
TurkeyGözde KonurayMC membergkonuray@gmail.comCukurova University Department of Food Engineering, Saricam
TurkeyNeslihan Dikbaş MC memberneslidikbas@atauni.edu.trAtatürk University
TurkeyBaris BinayMC substitutebinay@gtu.edu.trGebze Technical University
TurkeyMustafa TurkerParticipantmustafa.turker@pakmaya.comPak Gıda Üretim Pazarlama A.Ş.
TurkeyEvrim Özkale Participantevrimmiko@gmail.comManisa Celal Bayar University
TurkeyPinar Çalık Participantpcalik@metu.edu.trMiddle East Technical University
TurkeyYonca YuceerParticipantyoncayuceer@comu.edu.trÇanakkale Onsekiz Mart Univ. 
TurkeyBurcu Gündüz ErgünParticipantburcugunduz3@gmail.comMinistry of Agriculture and Forestry, Biotechnology Research Center
TurkeyErsin KarataşParticipanthdersin@gmail.comGebze Technical University
TurkeyGamze Nur MüjdeciParticipantgnurmujdeci1@gmail.comHitit University
UKHuadong Peng MC substituteh.peng@imperial.ac.uk Imperial College London